Redskins let WR Green go, is P Barker next?

Jacquez Green is out as the Washington Redskins' punt returner, and punter Bryan Barker might be next.

The Redskins cut the former Florida wide receiver Tuesday in a move that granted his wish to depart and cleared the way for a potentially more effective punt returner. The club also worked out four punters as potential replacements for Barker if he continues to struggle.

Green had been frustrated with his playing time on offense -- catching just five passes for 94 yards -- and had been asking for his release for more than a month. Meanwhile, he was averaging just 5.3 yards per return when excluding a 90-yard touchdown in Week 2.

"Basically Jacquez appeared to not be extremely happy to be a Redskin," coach Steve Spurrier said. "His attitude was that he wanted to be somewhere else. We felt we would allow him to do that. We want players who want to be Redskins."

Cornerback Champ Bailey now is the top punt returner, though he gave Jacksonville an extra 20 yards on one punt in last weekend's loss when he didn't field it. The ball eventually was downed at the 6. Darrell Green will back up Bailey.

Barker had the worst day in an inconsistent season Sunday when his first punt went just 12 yards and set up a touchdown. On the year he is averaging just 29.7 net yards, the NFL's worst average. However, club officials hope he can improve (he was solid Nov. 3 at Seattle) and currently they are reluctant to disrupt the chemistry on field goals, where Barker is the holder for young James Tuthill.

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